53 in 2006
Traverse Path, Pikes Crag
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‘999’ call made to the police from a male walker in his 30’s who had slipped on the Scafell Pike traverse path and broken his left ankle. He and his two fellow male walkers were on a camping expedition. From Dumfries, they had walked up from Seathwaite, up the Corridor route to Lingmel Col, then along the traverse path. Their location was directly below Pikes Crag. Fortunately, four team members were at the Wasdale Head Show when the pager went off which meant that an advance group were with the casualty quickly. Analgesia was administered and his leg placed in an inflatable splint. He was strapped into the Bell stretcher for evacuation off the fell, but due to his size (tall and very well built) and the relatively small number of team members on the rescue (fourteen), a call was put through to RAF Boulmer who scrambled Sea King 131. On scene within 50 minutes, they winched him and the Team Doctor from the location and flew to West Cumberland Hospital. Incident was closed at 3.30 p.m.

Incident started at 11:00 and ended at 15:30 making 4.5 hrs in total. There were 14 Wasdale team members involved. Total rescuer hours: 63